Community Spotlight

Diana Zipeto

Date Posted: 3/29/24

Meet Diana Zipeto, a visual artist and recipient of Mosaic Lowell’s February 2024 round of Mini Grants. Diana set down her roots in her home and studio in Lowell almost twenty years ago, and as stated by the artist, “I have learned about the history, people, and the culture(s) of Lowell and although I might always be a Blowellian, I feel like I somewhat belong.” Here’s what you need to know about this visual artist:

1) How did you get started as an artist?

I got started as an artist when an art teacher encouraged me. Before that, art always seemed like something only other people could do. Even though from that moment, it still took many years of work and uncertainty to “become” an artist, that experience opened up a whole space for me to explore.

2) When looking at your artistic career, what are you the most proud of?

Personally, I am most proud of building and sustaining my art practice alongside my peers, despite doubts, transitions, and societal challenges that sometimes undervalue the significance of art. Beyond myself, I am most proud of whatever ways I have been able to encourage young artists with their own dreams and help them through their doubts.

3) What useful tips or resources do you have for aspiring artists?

I think that trying to notice and then quiet the repetitious voice in your head that says you are a not a “real” artist is important. Treat everything you are doing as an exploration and an experiment, like a scientist. If you keep working, you WILL become an artist. When I started out, I created a notebook of “art things” I liked – images of studio spaces that spoke to me, articles about artists doing work that excited me. That notebook can become an introduction to the kind of artist you want to be – a way to get in touch with the future and your own sense of yourself as an artist.

4) What do you hope to accomplish with Mosaic Lowell’s Mini Grant?

I hope to create an exhibit that encourages discussion and self-reflection, and is useful for the community.

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